San Fernando Valley cities, city of Los Angeles, City of Burbank, Glendale, County of Los Angeles, San Fernando team up as one to represent two million

Valley Cities Unite

The San Fernando Valley finally becomes a “place”

COG Cities Montage

100 Years after the digging of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, cities and communities in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley’s have made history once again uniting in a Joint Powers Agency to help steer this region of over two million. This morning’s vote of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors officially actuated the new agency, which had already been approved by the cities of Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, San Fernando and Santa Clarita.

The new “San Fernando Valley Council of Governments” will be led by existing elected officials—council members and supervisors from each jurisdiction. “This is not a new level of bureaucracy” assures Acting Director Robert L. Scott of the Mulholland Institute, “but a forum in which leaders of our Valley cities can collaborate—to come up with efficient and highly-leveraged solutions, to lobby for state, federal and local funds and resources, and to build consensus for planning at the highest levels.”

Part of the role of the COG is to oversee planning within the recently adopted San Fernando Valley subregion of the Southern California Association of Governments. Because SCAG represents six counties and 189 cities, this allows for Valley-specific input at macro planning levels. The subregion’s first project is already underway: an initial Interstate-5 Corridor Economic development Plan.

“There are great possibilities when we bring the creativity and agility of the smaller cities together with the clout and credibility of the City and County of Los Angeles,” according to David Fleming, Chair of the Valley Economic Alliance. “We have more than a decade invested in the COG, the SCAG subregion and the creation of the San Fernando Valley Statistical District—which goes into full swing with the 2010 Census. Specific ‘San Fernando Valley’ data will finally be available, online at the U.S. Census Bureau.”

The COG will explore areas of intergovernmental cooperation, public private partnerships, coordination of government planning and programming across jurisdictions, and provide recommendations for issues of common interest among its members.

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